CLINTON, Ind. (WTHI) - It was an apparent computer glitch, not Mother Nature, that tripped an emergency siren this morning in Clinton at precisely 8:11 a.m.
"I'm assuming that it's the keypad that shorted out on it, which is a common failure -- that, or the radio receiver itself," said Mark O'Heir, director of Vermillion County emergency management agency. "And what happens when that faults -- we can't control the sirens from anywhere else, we have to actually go to that siren and turn it off."
O'Heir pointed to the weather warning device right off South Main Street, not far from Vermillion Convalescent Center, as the culprit. He said there are 27 sirens, total, county wide.
O'Heir told News 10 that 17 minutes later, a technician was able to power down the faulty signal; that time, according to O'Heir, was 8:28 a.m.
O'Heir explained that a faulty weather siren's sounding, like what happened this morning, is not detectable by staffers monitoring the grid at central command, in this case the sheriff's department. He said anyone hearing such an erroneous alert should contact the Vermillion County Sheriff's Office, (765) 492 – 3737.
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